Sunday, August 10, 2008

Hirundines and Swifts 10-08-2008

Arrived at Wharfedale Watchpoint at 1115 as a heavy storm swept in from the west, when it cleared at 1140 some 150 to 200 hirundines were feeding in the lee of the wood and around the buildings, between 1140 and 1300 the feeding flock were mainly House Martins and Sand Martins also 50+ Swifts moved SW into the wind.

1300 to 1430
Swifts continued to move through possibly another 30 or 40 in all, Swallows House Martins and Sand Martins continued to feed around the buildings.

Brian Vickers.

The Sky This Evening 10-08-2008

Pileus or "Cap Cloud" over rapidly developing Cumulus (c) 2008

Little Egret > SE 09-08-2008

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits, Wharfedale.
Little Egret heading towards Otley

Found this on the BOG Sightings page.


[vismig] Blue 614/Colour Ringed LBBG's

----- Original Message -----
From: Vera Swaine
To: dave barker
Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2008 3:29 PM
Subject: Fw: Blue 614/colour ringed LBBG's


As promised here are brief details of the colour-ringed Larus fuscus
intermedius. I'll let you have fuller information when I get it, and also
any information I get on the other colour-ringed bird.


----- Original Message -----
From: peter.stewart2
To: VeraSwaine
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2008 7:33 PM
Subject: Blue 614

Many thanks for forwarding the sighting of Blue 614 at your Oxenhope
Watchpoint. This is a Norwegian breeding bird and was reported there in May
of this year. It will appear that it is on its way back to us. I am
attaching its interesting sightings history.
My thanks to Keith Moir who will in turn receive ringing details.

Best wishes,
Peter Stewart
Colour-ring Coordinator
The Severn Estuary Gull Group

Oxenhope 10-08-2008

After the Rain.... The Sky this Morning.... looking NW (c) 2008

Rain Shower.... looking E (c) 2008

0700 - 1130hr DCB, CK
SW F4 rising F5, 14degC, 65km max reducing in showers, 6/8, QNH 997 steady.

Heavy yesterday and overnight rain now cleared to give a fine fresh spell up to 0945, then heavy showers again. Empty skys, yes very empty skys with even the gulls giving up. Just a handfull of Swallows moving SW and two groups of Snipe (a two and a three total five) moving west. A single Lapwing went high west.

Redstart 1 Female
Robin 1 adult + 1 young
Willow Warbler 13+
Dunnock 1
Wren 2
Blue Tit 1
Blackbird 1 Female + 1 young
Spotted Flycatcher 1

Lesser Black-back Gull 30+, just a few still comming in from the north.
Black Headed Gull 2
Snipe 5 heading W
Swallow 20+ and 5+ heading S
Linnet 10+ blogging
Meadow Pipit 5+ blogging
Canada Goose 10+
Kestrel 1
Lapwing 1 heading W
Wood Pigeon 2
Jackdaw 10+ blogging
Carrion Crow 10+ blogging


Harbour Lodge... Heather in Bloom.... looking NW (c) 2008

Meadow Pipit blogging on the Bank (c) 2008